essays on orchestra governance are still the standard for learning what you need to know about orchestra administrators, you can now use this handy Venn diagram to see how each department interacts with other groups of orchestra stakeholders…
An illustrated view of how orchestra administration departments interact with other stakeholder groups (click to enlarge).
“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln
“You can piss off all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot piss off all the people all the time. Unless, of course, you’re an orchestra executive.” – Drew McManus About Drew McManus "I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.
I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.
In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.
For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink. View all posts by Drew McManus | Website
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3 thoughts on “Orchestra Administration À La Venn Diagram”
That diagram omits pissed-off audience members and pissed-off critics, you know. 🙂
People care if critics are pissed off? 🙂 Seriously though, I completely spaced on the critics although I did try to include the audience. Unfortunately, it started to look messy. Nonetheless, that just means there’s room for future diagrams!
Hilarious and absolute truth!